If You Think Linkin Park Sold Out, Chester Bennington Says You Need To "Stab Yourself In The Face"

May 9, 2017

With Linkin Park's new sound of their upcoming album, One More Light attracting waves of varying opinions, vocalist Chester Bennington has some choice words for those that feel that he and the band have "sold out" by trading their signature sound for a more pop-leaning album after the release of their first single "Heavy" featuring singer Kiiara.

Bennington told Music Week, "We were asked, ‘What do you think of people who say you sold out?’ I don’t care. If you like the music, fantastic. If you don’t like it, that’s your opinion too. Fantastic.”

“If you’re saying we’re doing what we’re doing for a commercial or monetary reason, trying to make success out of some formula … then stab yourself in the face,” joked Bennington.

When asked about how their sound has evolved since the release of Hybrid Theory, which put the band on the map, “When we made Hybrid Theory, I was the oldest guy in the band and in my early ’20s. That’s why I guess I’m like: ‘Why are we still talking about Hybrid Theory? It’s f**king years ago. It’s a great record, we love it. Like, move the f**k on. You know what I mean?”

(source: NME)